Making Strides to Success

Priyanka Srivastava

Staff Writer

Under Coach Dick Jeynes, the boy’s cross-country has grown to be one of the most successful programs at the school. Senior captains Tyler Porcello and Kevin Mastriano, joined by fellow seniors Matt Tylutki, Matt Downing, Kyle Lockwood, Kevin Aiken, Jeff Morgan, and Jeremy Persichilli are looking to make their last season legendary. It’s safe to say that they have succeeded. Not surprisingly, the guys recently won the Hammonasset division at a meet in Madison on October 7 against Hand and Guilford. They beat Hand and Guilford for the first time ever with a score of 27.

On his hopes for the team and himself, Porcello said, “For the team, we’re always looking to win. Hopefully, this year, we have a chance to win the state title, but we have to stay healthy. So that’s definitely the ultimate goal for the team. Personally, I’d like to make it as far as I can, so hopefully qualify for the state open, maybe New England Championship would be nice, but I’m taking it day by day right now”.

The juniors include Nick Dana, Aaron Hostetler, and Conner Quinn, who are ready to lead the team to success next season. Sophomores Quinn Oliver, Kyle Anderson, Mark Fitzpatrick, Jack Audrey, Ethen Jorgensen, and Ryan Griffin, and freshmen Nathan Garofano, Max Chang, Makano Takeuchi, and Roger Bernard are improving times drastically and are ready to be the future leaders of the team. They hustled hard during the preseason, attending 6AM conditionings every weekday in the summer. With such a strong work ethic and unwavering dedication, future success is inevitable.